FRESH facts indicate that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is working to sustain the existing unity and commitment among all its governorship contenders in Akwa Ibom State, Nigerian Tribune, has learnt.
Accordingly, the party is determined to carry all of them along in the state, as it intensifies preparations for 2015 elections.
A source told the Nigerian Tribune that the PDP was prepared to fend off any pressure from the opposition parties to break the ranks of PDP governorship contestants in the state, with a view to taking advantage of any possible crack.
It was also gathered, on Monday, that the party believed that all the contestants remained part of the real assets that had continued to make the PDP wax strong in the state.
Among the notable PDP bigwigs widely believed to be interested in the party’s governorship ticket in the state are the immediate past Commissioner for Finance, Bassey Albert Akpan; former Secretary to the State Government, Mr Umana Umana and a former deputy governor, Mr Nsima Ekere.
Others are Nigeria’s former ambassador to Russia, Assam Assam; Honourable Okpulupm Etteh, Senator Helen Esuene, Professor Richard King and the current secretary to the state government (SSG), Mr Udom Emmanuel.
It also believed that like all well-meaning party chieftains, all the contestants had been making immense contributions to the party, which had made the PDP the ruling party in the state since 1999.
While some opposition parties were said to be interested in having them in their fold as the countdown to the 2015 election begins, the PDP believed that they constituted part of its engine room and should continue to step up their game in the quest to take the party to the next level in 2015.
They are among other main stakeholders in the party with large numbers of supporters, leading the mobilisation drive of the PDP and working assiduously for its success at the polls.
The source told the Nigerian Tribune that the aspirants had consistently demonstrated their loyalty and confidence in the leadership of the party in its efforts to place it in good stead ahead of the general election in the state and other parts of the country.
The Nigerian Tribune